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Smoke from Agricultural Fires in West Africa – April 4th, 2013

9.2N 9.1W

April 4th, 2013 Category: Fires, Image of the day

West Africa – April 2nd, 2013

While sun glint highlights rivers along the coast of Guinea and Sierra Leone, fires furthern inland in West Africa create a haze that covers much of the region. Many of the fires have been active since late March, and are clustered in the green lands of Sierra Leone, while others dot the landscape of Guinea and Liberia. A few blazes are present in southwest Mali and Côte d’Ivoire, as well.

While the source of these fires cannot be discerned in the satellite imagery, this pattern at this time of year in this region is typical of agricultural fires. Farmers deliberately set such blazes in order to clear land, bring nutrients into the soil, prepare fields for planting, and renew pastureland. The smoke from the fires, however, create air pollution, which can cause health problems both in humans and livestock both close to, and far from, the source.

Lake Macleod and Sun Glint Highlighting Shores of Shark Bay, Australia

25.7S 113.6E

December 3rd, 2012 Category: Lakes

Australia – December 1st, 2012

Sun glint highlights the shoreline of Shark Bay, Peron Peninsula and Dirk Hartog Island in Western Australia. The bay itself covers an area of 10,000 km², with an average depth of 10 metres. It is divided by shallow banks and has many peninsulas and islands. The coastline is over 1,500 km long, and there are about 300 km of limestone cliffs overlooking the bay.

Visible to the north, not far inland from the coast, is Lake Macleod, the westernmost lake in Australia. A cool offshore current, coupled with a very flat coastal plain, contributes to the near-desert-like conditions along the coastal region as evidenced by the brown landscape around the lake and the highly reflective salt beds within the lake.

Sunglint and Fires by Queensland Coast, Australia

15S 142.5E

November 9th, 2012 Category: Fires

Australia – November 8th, 2012

While sun glint highlights bays and rivers along the west coast of the Cape York Peninsula, by the Gulf of Carpentaria, in Queensland, Australia, the terrain further inland is partially obscured by thick plumes of smoke fanning out to the west.

Phytoplankton Bloom in Black Sea and Sun Glint on Mediterranean Sea

39.7N 34.9E

June 29th, 2012 Category: Phytoplankton

Black Sea – June 26th, 2012

The big contrast in color between the Black Sea (above) and the Mediterranean Sea (below) is due to an intense phytoplankton bloom in the former and some sun glint reflecting off the latter. The phytoplankton bloom is spread throughout most of the 436,400 km2 (168,500 sq. mi) surface area of the Black Sea. Phytoplankton have been flourishing in the Black Sea since mid-May (click here for previous images).

Salt Flats of Rann of Kutch and Sun Glint on Gulf of Khambhat, India

21.8N 72.0E

May 2nd, 2012 Category: Salt Flats

India - April 28th, 2012

Sun glint gives a bright, silvery white color to the Gulf of Khambhat, an inlet of the Arabian Sea along the west coast of India, in the state of Gujarat. Some white areas can also be observed further inland, to the northwest; however, this coloring is due to the white salt flats of the Rann of Kutch, by the India-Pakistan border.